This Saturday, the Oregon Historical Society will be at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, collecting oral histories for its upcoming exhibit on the Columbus Day Storm.  The exhibit, The Mightiest Wind, will open on October 12, 2012, 50 years after the most devastating storm in history hit the Pacific Northwest.

Have an interesting/unusual/meaningful memory from the 1962 Columbus Day Storm?  The society is inviting the public to the Oregon State Fair on Saturday from 1 - 5:30 PM, where we will be videotaping individuals as they share their memories of the storm.  The program will begin at 11:30 AM in the Hart of the Garden, and interview signs up will take place from noon - 1 PM.   Interviews will be 15 minutes long, and space is limited, so be sure to arrive early to reserve your space.  All interviews will become a part of the Oregon Historical Society oral history collection

We are also accepting submissions online through the OHS website (  The survey can be found here:

About The Mightiest Wind:

The 1962 Columbus Day Storm brought widespread devastation to the Pacific Northwest. Wind gusts reached 116 miles per hour in Portland, 127 miles per hour in Corvallis, and in excess of 145 miles per hour on the Oregon coast. Nearly 50 fatalities were attributed to the storm, more than any other Pacific Northwest weather event in history. The storm forced portions of Oregon to rebuild their power systems from the ground up; some locations went without power for several weeks.

Presented by Portland General Electric, with guest curator KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino, The Mightiest Wind opens October 12, 50 years to the day after the storm made landfall on the Oregon coast.

Inside the exhibit, large scale artifacts including a truck and a broken telephone pole will recreate the destruction caused by the storm. A wind machine will allow visitors to experience similar wind gusts and a green screen will offer the unique opportunity to play weatherman during Oregon's most dramatic storm.

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